If you’re spending an excessive amount of time on Facebook and similar sites at work, you might want to check over your shoulder on occasion … all that and more in today’s High 5:
SOCIAL MEDIA CRACKDOWN: A St. Louis Post-Dispatch report estimates 80 percent of Missouri businesses either ban or place restrictions on employee access to Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace during work hours, and 25 percent say they block access to social media sites entirely. Over half of the firms say they monitor office computers to ensure workers are taking care of company business and not their own. Nearly every company with an anti-social media policy indicates they subject offenders to disciplinary action. Well, with the ongoing explosion of Facebook in particular it was only a matter of time until the hammer came down.
YIKES: “It was pretty darn close,” according to Michael Barr of the of the USC Aviation Safety and Security Program, on the near collision between a United Airlines jumbo jet and a small Cessna plane over San Francisco. (My question is how do these kind of things repeatedly happen? Who’s in charge on the ground? Secondly, can’t these pilots see these other planes? It’s not like it’s rush-hour traffic up there, is it? (And yet another reason why I never plan on flying.)
FOUND ON FACEBOOK: “Friendship is just like wine. As it gets older it gets sweeter. Just like you and me. You are getting older and I am getting sweeter.”
TRAGEDY: The man who plunged to his death in an apparent suicide jump off the Empire State building earlier this week was a junior from Yale University. He jumped from the 86th floor , where there is an observation deck open to the public. He was dead when rescue workers arrived at the 102-story skyscraper. The Empire State Building is the third-tallest building in the United States. More than 30 people have committed suicide at the building since it opened in 1931. The most recent was believed to have been in 2006. (Two reasons why you will never read of me doing this. I hate heights and I hate elevators.)
NCAA TOURNAMEN FACT O’ THE DAY: It is almost a full year until we again have to deal with ESPN’s Joe “Joey Brackets” Lunardi.